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I once again decided this year to participate in the Country Christmas exchange. I participated last year and it was fun to connect with new agriculture advocates. Getting to know other bloggers in the agriculture industry is exciting to see what drives others and how they continue doing it year after year. Helpful tips and tricks of trade help me to continue on this path.



When my package arrived I was so excited. My secret Santa came all the way from Nebraska. Naomi blogs over at Circle L Ranch. She really did her homework and found some great stuff for me.

First off, she gave me a packet of chili seasoning and ladle perfect for dishing out homemade chili. Well in the winter I pretty much make chili about once a week, in fact I made it for dinner last night. Needless to say these have already been put to good use.

Next up, She gave me a great gratitude devotion journal. My 2017 was filled with faith testing life challenges so I really needed this. I've already used the first two w…

Game Day Almond Recipes

Sunday is the big game day and whether you're entertaining or going to a friends house, you need good food. The following two recipes are easy snacks that are perfect for bringing to a party or to make ahead for your own. They will be able to sit out all day during the game and still be delicious! The added bonus, they have almonds in them!
I am the kind of cook that looks at a recipe and looks for ways to put my own spin on it. Maybe there is an ingredient I don't like or I don't have on hand, I use something else. My husband even jokes that if I make the same dish twice, it is never the same. I usually never follow recipes, so I did my best to accurately measure for you today. But I am a strong believer in making it your own, so feel free to switch it up!

Sweet and Spicy Party Nuts

2-3 cups assorted nuts- I used 2 cups almonds and 1 cup cashews. Pecans or peanuts also work well.
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup chocolate chips
2-3 teaspoons packed brown sugar- use more or less depending on how sweet you want them
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper- more or less depending on how spicy you want them
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons sea salt


1. First, you will need to roast the nuts and pumpkin seeds at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. If you are using already roasted nuts you don't need this step.
2. In a large bowl combine butter, sugar, cayenne and pepper until all sugar is dissolved and blended with all ingredients.
3. When nuts are done, combine them with the sugar mixture. They will be hot so mix well and be sure to the scrape bottom of bowl.
4. Once nuts have cooled slightly, add salt and chocolate.
5. Store in an airtight container and Enjoy!







 Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup dry oatmeal
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seed- Sometimes I just use whole seeds for more crunch
1/3 cup honey

1. Combine all ingredients in large bowl and mix well.
2. Form mixture into bite size balls.
3. Cool in fridge and enjoy!

Substitutions: For a more nutty taste substitute almond butter for peanut butter. For a sweeter taste, I also love adding 1/2 cup of shredded coconut to these too!


Until Next Time,
Almond Girl 

Comments

  1. Hi Jenny, these are some amazing looking recipes that you have shared. Are these good for people on a diet? Do share more recommendations on health food as well.

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